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European Parliament votes in favor of sanctions against Turkey

For the first time, the European Parliament, by a large majority, voted in favor of the strict imposition of sanctions on Turkey, adopting the amendment tabled by the Greek and Cypriot Delegations, at the initiative of Vangelis Meimarakis, Lefteris Christoforou and Loukas Fourlas.

The result of the vote was 440 votes in favor, 193 against and 53 abstentions.

This is an important decision of the European Parliament, which sends a clear message to the EU leaders, who at the forthcoming Council on December 11 are expected to take decisions against the Turkish provocation.

This amendment, which was supported by the European People’s Party, proves that the voice of the Greek and Cypriot MEPs of the EPP is strong.

From the very beginning, the President of the EPP, Manfred Weber, has sided with Greece and Cyprus, who strongly defended the rules of international law, repeatedly calling for concrete decisions and practical solidarity in the two member states of the EU.

However, the EP votes are not binding for EU decisions.

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias congrautalted the initiators of the vote.

Greece and Cyprus have pressed for sanctions against Turkey due to the provocation of tension and violations of sovereignty rights in the East Mediterranean Sea. The EU has given “mercy time” until the next Summit scheduled to take place on December 10.
Note that such a decision needs unanimity and not all EU leaders are willing to support sanctions against a country they have strong economic and military ties with.
At the same time, it is not even clear whether the Summit will take place due to the pandemic.

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